Filling your plate with cattlewomen’s fixings helps charities

Ring that dinner bell.

If you’ve got a hankering for some chin-dripping farm food, you might want to head to the Mesa County Fair on Saturday. Steer past the cotton candy and turkey legs and head for the livestock area.

The Mesa County Cattlewomen are serving their annual barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will precede the 4-H/FAA Junior Livestock Sale and Auction, and proceeds go to the two youth organizations for equipment and scholarships. They usually serve upwards of 500 people and hope that number rises this year.

On the menu: Sliced beef and pork; fresh corn and tomatoes from Okagawa Farms, baked beans, watermelon, rolls and tea.

Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids.

Tickets are available at the door, or call Janie Van Winkle, 210-4291, for advance sales.

KING OF BURGERS: Two burgers created in Grand Junction are among five finalists to be Applebee’s “Colorado Burger.”

A competition in Denver at the end of the month will crown the winner, which will become a fixture on the menu.

The two entries from GJ are:

Mountain Stack: A mountain of a burger with smoked bacon, habanero cheese, onion strings, blue cheese dressing and wing sauce.

Chipotle Burger: Patty with green chile, black bean sales, habanero cheese and chipotle mayonnaise.

Visitors to Applebee’s can taste all five finalists and vote on their favorite until July 30.

SWEET TEA: McAlister’s Deli, 480 W. Park Drive, No. 106, is giving away a big gulp (32 ounces) of its signature sweet tea on July 28. No purchase necessary.

ENDANGERD UPDATE: Progress is being made to rebuild fish populations, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The country is “turning the corner” in rebuilding fish populations. Still, 40 types of fish are subject to overfishing in U.S. waters. Some of the dwindling species are: cod in the Northeast, red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific blue fin tuna off the West Coast.

DO YOU TAKE THIS PRINCE?: The mullet —  butt of jokes and a favorite on the Redneck Riviera — has made it to the real Riviera. At the July 2 wedding of Monaco’s Prince Albert and his South African-born bride, Charlene Wittstock, the reception was catered by triple-star Michelin chef Alain Ducasse.

After the royal ceremony, 500 A-list guests were treated to a multi-course reception dinner prepared by Ducasse and his kitchen staff of 350, The Associated Press reported.

Ducasse chose fillet of golden mullet and a vegetable medley “arranged to portray a landscape typical of the coast of the Riviera,” according to a palace statement.

Ducasse is the first chef to earn three Michelin stars in three different cities, including three for his Louis XV restaurant in the principality.

All hail the mullet.

QUOTE: “Slicing a warm slab of back is a lot like giving a ferret a shave. No matter how careful you are, somebody’s going to get hurt.”

— Alton Brown, chef and host of TV’s “Good Eats”

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